[okfn-discuss] Code of Conduct / Community guidelines for the OKF

Kim Tucker kctucker at gmail.com
Fri Nov 12 15:05:01 UTC 2010

Hi all,

The following may be of interest (free to adapt):

(check out the "Issues" tab to see the wiki-based process followed).

WikiEducator is also considering having a code of conduct:
(includes links to relevant pages of the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedia)

One of the suggestions is simply to adopt the Ubuntu code of conduct.



On 12 November 2010 15:35, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
> On the coord group this week there was a brief discussion in relation
> to having a set of Community Guidlines or Community Code of Conduct.
> We already have some text along these lines in the
> <http://okfn.org/governance/> document (excerpted below).
> I've also been looking at the excellent Ubuntu Code of
> Conduct:<http://www.ubuntu.com/community/conduct> and wondered if we
> should merge some of this in.
> Anyone have thoughts, suggestions or opinions here?
> Regards,
> Rufus
> ## Current text in Governance Doc
> <quote>
> Philosophy, Goals and Operation
> Projects and working groups are the chief decision-making units. This
> reduces friction and allows greater diversity to emerge than in a
> top-down monoculture model. Each project and working group is
> delegated authority over its activities, and is given a great deal of
> latitude both in what it does and how it does it, but all share a
> similar core philosophy.
> Commitment to Open Knowledge
> All projects and working groups should be involved in promoting open
> knowledge. Promotion can be interpreted broadly and would include
> running events, producing tools and services to assist in the
> production or dissemination of open knowledge as well as creating open
> material directly.
> Open Discussion
> Open discussion allows the most promising ideas to come to the fore,
> and for decisions to be reached on a consensus basis. Communication
> within projects is typically carried out via mailing lists. These
> enable all individuals to contribute, at a time convenient to each.
> They also provide a record of the development process which is
> available to all users and project members.
> Meritocracy
> The OKF believes that authority must be matched by responsibility.
> Merit should be respected and encouraged. Concretely this means active
> and able contributors will have the greatest control over the
> project’s activities; our governance structure is simply there to
> ensure that there is a solid institutional framework to support these
> activities.
> Tolerance
> A pre-condition for all projects, and essential to a meritocracy.
> Differences are recognised as a creative force: when discussed openly
> and without aggression, they allow a group’s thinking to be clarified.
> </quote>
> We also have a statement regarding 'members':
> <quote>
> As a Member of the Foundation, you are expected to act in accordance
> with the basic goals and philosophy of the Foundation as set out
> below. You are expected to act in a professional and responsible
> manner. You are expected to treat your fellow members with respect and
> courtesy.
> </quote>
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